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IPMS 2018 Nats In Review

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  • Member since
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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
IPMS 2018 Nats In Review
Posted by Real G on Monday, August 06, 2018 5:59 PM

Well, the fun in the sun is over and I hope everyone who attended had a great time and made a safe journey back home.  Kudos to the Craig Hewett chapter and all the others who made the Nats possible.  The dust storm that blew through downtown Phoenix on Thursday was a first for me!  It looked a lot scarier on TV, with a high shot of a brown tidal wave slowly engulfing the airport.  I think we were crossing the street when the dust cloud passed, as it was calm one second, then all heck broke loose and I got a mouthfull of sand gakwing at all the stuff that was suddenly blowing all around us.

Anyway, here is a link to some photos of the cars, space/sci-fi, and figures.  It is by no means comprehensive, as I was just casually strolling the tables, shooting whatever caught my fancy.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntizumi/albums/72157699532767894

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntizumi/albums/72157699917191855

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntizumi/albums/72157698283357611

I'll post aircraft, armor, ships, and miscellaneous stuff as the days go by.

I welcome attendees to post comments, impressions, and of course pictures from the event to share with those who were unable to make it.  So how about it?  What did you guys see?  What cool stuff did you buy?  Did you snag any trophies? 

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, August 06, 2018 9:37 PM

Those are some great looking builds and great picture taking G.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

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Posted by Silver on Monday, August 06, 2018 10:09 PM

Any aircraft?

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 06, 2018 10:12 PM

Thanks Steve!  But I should have reviewed them in the hotel room like I ususally do; some came out awful.  Embarrassed

Here's the planes and tanks:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntizumi/albums/72157699538564434

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntizumi/albums/72157672027851238

And I have gotten lazy and stopped bringing a proper camera.  So lazy...

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 06, 2018 10:13 PM
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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 06, 2018 10:48 PM

And bits-n-bobs:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntizumi/albums/72157698290382851

By the way, I finally got an invite from FSM to have my model photographed!  Woo-hoo!

https://flic.kr/p/28MBULW] [/url]IMG_8470 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

It didn't place (the judges probably saw what the underside looked like), but it was a thrill nevertheless!

And I got a 2nd place, which is more than I deserved:

https://flic.kr/p/29T5zUx] [/url]IMG_8505 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, August 06, 2018 10:55 PM

Congrats on both G! Yes

Was that all the ships? I could have won something if I went. At least 3rd maybe.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 2:12 AM

First of all, CONGRATS ON YOUR 2ND PLACE!!!!.  It's not easy to place in the IPMS nationals for sure.  Well done - and a great piece indeed.  And congrats on the photo op, also a good nod right!  And finally, thank you for all the great pics.  Once again, just extraordinary work across the board.  I would hate to be a judge at the nationals.  So many museum quality pieces.  Fantastic!  The hobby is alive and well :)

 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 4:30 AM

Steve, don't let my paltry pictures deceive you; there were a lot of ship models built with a high degree of finish and detail.  To me, ship modelers really have to bring their "A" game to the show.  If you can go to a Nationals, go with all guns firing and give no quarters!  Nickels, maybe, but no quarters!

Keavdog, actually judging is a really good way to gain insight into what makes a contest winner, and equally importantly, what shoots down an entry.  I have done it once so far at the Nats, and it was really an educational experience.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 5:42 PM

Here are some of my favorites from the show:

https://flic.kr/p/29NFEoy] [/url]IMG_8307 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

I know it's almost become cliche', but I always love looking at a 1/32 Zoukei Mura Ho-229 stripped down.  I was lucky to get to chat with the fellow who built it, who was a very nice guy BTW.

https://flic.kr/p/29NFHf5] [/url]IMG_8276 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

An excruciatingly tiny (1/350) Mitsubishi "Pete".

https://flic.kr/p/28v2o6H] [/url]IMG_8359 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Monogram's 1/48 B-58 Hustler is a challenging kit to build, and even more so to do it well.  And the builder even did it in my favorite scheme!

https://flic.kr/p/28MuASd] [/url]IMG_8341 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Japan Airlines' livery was always nice looking, and this very pretty model only makes it more so.

https://flic.kr/p/L823ZP] [/url]IMG_8375 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Sorry, I have a soft spot for weird vehicles.  This is Skoda's PA-2 "Turtle", a pre-WW II armored car.  Yes, it was real!

https://flic.kr/p/29SWsqa] [/url]IMG_8368 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

This model of a German tank destroyer (Nashorn?) captures the "Geman Armor Feel" to a tee.

https://flic.kr/p/L824dz] [/url]IMG_8373 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

There's nothing like Cold War Soviet hardware!  I believe this is a missile guidance radar system.

https://flic.kr/p/28wyNbP] [/url]IMG_8460 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

There's something about this vignette that just bursts with life, despite depicting a quiet scene.

https://flic.kr/p/279EyYQ] [/url]IMG_8487 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

A "flat" of the Red Baron.  A rather teeny one, but with amazing paintwork.

https://flic.kr/p/2766mWN] [/url]IMG_8350 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

By far, my favorite sci-fi entry was this kit bashed race car that scored an 11 on my Bazongas Meter!  It was primarily made up of a Nu BSG spacecraft.

https://flic.kr/p/L64agV] [/url]IMG_8488 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

While the Hummel is not my favorite Fledermaus variant, the beautiful execution of the mottled camouflage made me keep going back to marvel at this entry.

https://flic.kr/p/29LCFLS] [/url]IMG_8327 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Industria Mechanica resin kits rock, and this one particularly caught my eye.  There was a massive mecha (Briegel?) that towered over the competition, but I liked this one best.

https://flic.kr/p/2765VWY] [/url]IMG_8267 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

I have a soft spot for monster squids, and this one is the coolest one I have ever seen.  The paint job just rocks!

https://flic.kr/p/MLW7Mo] [/url]IMG_8284 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/279Ezs5] [/url]IMG_8411 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

I saved the best for last.  This was a junior entry that got my attention from the moment I saw it.  It has everything - concept, execution, and presentation.  Simply brilliant.  Now THAT is what good modeling is about.  And the builder was a young girl - take that, you diorama moguls!

 

 

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 5:51 PM

Last pic.  My only model kit purchase was a Wave Destroid Defender.  For some reason, it has yet to be re-popped despite the Tomahawk and Phalanx coming back at least once or twice.  A nice, lucky find.

https://flic.kr/p/29T6f6H] [/url]IMG_8421 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The USS Franklin is for a friend, so it doesn't count.  Big Smile  For me, this is a record low number of kits brought back from a model trip.

Okay, my dust is settling.  What did everyone else who attended see?

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Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 7:24 PM

Thank you for posting these !

Ther were "Many" Favorite's among your photo's, But the one I liked best  was this one...

I'm gonna "Steal" it and put it in my shop ! ( with a few drop's of Blood Red paint on the floor below it !)

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 10:01 PM

  Congrats Real G, great looking entries you were up against. Maybe some day I will have a chance to put something on a Nat. table.YesYes

    No money from me tonight LT, sorry, I do like that poster though.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, August 09, 2018 1:18 AM

Little Timmy, we are all fans of Ellie!

Armornut, thanks, and yes try to get to a Nats.  You see a lot and you learn a lot!

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, September 07, 2018 1:37 PM

Hi;

 Well , you certainly have done some of us a service . Thank You so much . The photography is excellent . I would like to know where you got the Mecha you won Second with . Oh , Nice win by the way . I see no shame in that build ! 

 And for me , that you were asked by F.S.M for a photo session . Capitol !! 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, September 07, 2018 1:44 PM

Just Think !

 You could take the Skoda's turret off , add windows on both ends and the sides and have a multidirectional auto that would be at home in this " New " world of Ugly cars . So Ugly it's fascinating as to what kind of " What If " could be done with it . How about a Pick-up - You know a "technical " ?

 I would just have to really enjoy looking at that awesome Squid !

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Posted by Real G on Friday, September 07, 2018 6:00 PM

Tanker-Builder,

The space avocado mech is a Black Knight by Love-Love Garden.  I got mine from Hobbylink Japan.  Since it is a resin conversion kit, it goes in and out of stock.  Right now it is listed as discontinued.  But Hobbysearch also carries it, but it is also OOS:

https://hlj.com/product/LLVMAK011

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10327919

If you can order the kit, I would recommend the one without the Hasegawa White Knight plastic kit parts, as it is cheaper and both boxings lack the necessary decal sheet.

The White Knight by Hasegawa is a regular injection molded kit and goes in and out of stock:

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10289605

All of the decals I used came from the White Knight kit, except for the yellow "II" markings which were made from white decal film spray painted yellow.

The squid is from a kickstarter project, of which a friend who builds wargaming minis buys stuff from.  I thought it was pretty big for a gaming piece.  I too was impressed by the paint job as well as the exquisite detail molded on the figure.

The Skoda PA-2 is truly a wacky design.  When I first saw illustrations of it, I thought it was from some steam punk artist's imagination.  The real thing was cramped, overweight, underpowered, and had skinny tires which made it unsuitable for off-road terrain.  But I love it.  The crazy-quilt paint scheme only makes it better!

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, September 08, 2018 8:37 AM

Hey , Real G;

So True on the Skoda . When I first saw one I couldn't stop laughing !

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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Sunday, September 09, 2018 10:06 AM

littletimmy

Thank you for posting these !

Ther were "Many" Favorite's among your photo's, But the one I liked best  was this one...

I'm gonna "Steal" it and put it in my shop ! ( with a few drop's of Blood Red paint on the floor below it !)

 

 LM_AO ! That IS a good one.

 

Real G, Thanks for sharing your pictures of the show.

 

 

Anyone with a good car don't need to be justified - Hazel Motes

 

Iron Rails 2015 by Wayne Cassell

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, September 09, 2018 2:29 PM

Ha ha, yeah love that Ellie!  I wonder if we can get a PDF file from the designer?

Glad to share the contest pics.  I got lazy this time and as a result there were lots of omissions.  Next time I go to a contest, I’ll take more comprehensive photos.  Pinkie promise.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, September 10, 2018 9:01 AM

Hey , RealG;

 I loved Ellie so much I copied her and put her over my bench . Where ALL visitors can see her ! Tanker - Builder

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